Western state lawmakers from both parties say they are worried that the federal government's firefighting efforts don't place enough emphasis on prevention, and the result is the kind of devastation taking hold in eastern Arizona, where more than 733 square miles have burned.Read More »
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The wheels are in motion to begin thinning Arizona’s forests, but experts say it will take more than a generation of land management before the return of small, yet functional, wild fires.Read More »
Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Snowflake Republican, has asked for Senate President Russell Pearce’s permission for her to convene the Border Security, Federalism & State’s Sovereignty Committee to investigate the Wallow Fire.Read More »
Two Arizona Republicans are angrily questioning whether the United States Forest Service is to blame for the wildfires raging out of control in the eastern part of the state that have charred more than 230,000 acres.Read More »
The long and short of 100 days: Faced with vetoes, some GOP lawmakers question quality of bills in fast-paced session
As legislators were filing into their offices in January, preparing for the start of the 50th Legislature, Republican leaders set a lofty goal: to be finished in 100 days.Read More »
A veto by Gov. Jan Brewer may cost students at a proposed Arizona State University campus in Payson an additional $2,000 per year in tuition — if the project is actually completed.Read More »
This week's most outstanding utterances and exclamations.Read More »
The sheer number of legislative proposals that were introduced this year seeking to defy the federal government seemed to affirm Arizona’s credentials as a bastion of the states’ rights movement.
But nearly all of the bills that would have allowed Arizona to band together with other states in attempts to check federal overreach fell by the wayside.
On the afternoon before sine die, House Speaker Kirk Adams decided to fire back at the political railbirds who have been speculating about a potential congressional run for the Mesa Republican.Read More »
With the budget out of the way, many legislators are getting anxious to wrap up their work and get back to their districts. For some, however, their focus turns to getting serious consideration for their own legislation before the session ends. Traditionally, these remaining measures are referred to as “going-home” bills.Read More »